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Tragedy in New Zealand: Dozens of Critically Endangered Birds Dead, Cause Unknown

Efforts to save the critically endangered shore plover from extinction in New Zealand have suffered a major setback: nearly 60 of the birds have died due to unknown causes, reducing the world population of the species to just 200.Shore plovers (also known as shore dotterels or Tuturuatu, Thinornis novaeseelandiae ) lived on both of New Zealand's main islands before European settlers introduced cats and rats that nearly eradicated the species during the nineteenth century.

February 26, 2013 — John R. Platt

Your Brain on Cookies

I have decided that one of the ways I will utilize this new blog space is to comic-ify other SciAm posts. This week, I felt inspired by Scicurious's post about food "addictions:" Of course I'm stressed, I'm in cookie withdrawal.To study the withdrawal-like effects of stopping a high fat diet, researchers took two groups of mice -- one that had been on a low fat diet for 6 weeks, and one that had been on a high fat diet for 6 weeks.

February 26, 2013 — Katie McKissick

The ideal of objectivity.

In trying to figure out what ethics ought to guide scientists in their activities, we’re really asking a question about what values scientists are committed to.

February 26, 2013 — Janet D. Stemwedel

Step into the Twilight Zone: Day 25, or A Walk Through Santiago's Witching Hour

“The witching hour, someone had once whispered to her, was a special moment in the middle of the night when every child and every grown-up was in a deep deep sleep, and all the dark things came out from hiding and had the world all to themselves.” Roald Dahl, “The BFG,” about five minutes before the protagonist is kidnapped by a giant.

February 26, 2013 — Katie Worth

Introducing: Dani Grodsky

This is a series of Q&As with new, young and up-and-coming science, health and environmental writers and reporters. They - at least some of them - have recently hatched in the Incubators (science writing programs at schools of journalism), have even more recently fledged (graduated), and are now making their mark as wonderful new voices explaining science to the public.

STAFFFebruary 26, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

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